Hillsborough Community College is closely monitoring the ongoing developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We remain in contact with Florida Department of Health officials to ensure that we are making decisions that are in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff.
For the most current and reliable information, please visit:
Florida Department of Health (state advisories)
CDC Guidance for Higher Education (federal advisories)
March 27: President Atwater's Letter to Employees
I hope that you have been able to find some time to relax during the mid-term break despite the unnerving conditions that we all find ourselves grappling with. I want to provide you with an update on where Hillsborough Community College is in terms of getting back to some sense of normalcy as we resume all operations on Monday, March 30.
Let me first thank you for your patience and understanding as we are having to make an enormous transition in how we deliver our services, including the shift of the majority of our operations to a virtual environment. Our facilities will remain closed until further notice with the exception of very limited essential personnel identified by their respective departments’ continuity of operations plans. By eliminating our on-campus presence, we are following both the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to the newly enacted Hillsborough County Safer at Home Order.
By now, most of you should have heard from your supervisors as to how you will operate in this new environment in your respective role. We recognize that there is going to be a period of adjustment, and please be assured that we are all committed to collaborating across the district to ensure the most seamless experience.
It is very important that you check your HCC email, the website and the intranet on a regular basis for updates. It is also important that you communicate any issues that you may have to your supervisor, including any technological difficulties, during this shift. It is our goal to provide you with as much support as you need during the coming weeks.
Again, if you have not already, you will be receiving direct communication from your supervisors in the next several days. Everyone has been working incredibly hard in the face of unprecedented and very challenging conditions to ensure that we can continue providing the best possible learning experience for our students, and we must all play our part. Thank you for your patience and for all of your ongoing efforts as we continue to demonstrate what makes HCC such a special place.
Ken Atwater, Ph.D.
March 24: President Atwater's Letter to Students
To All HCC Students:
I hope that you are enjoying your break despite the unusual and challenging conditions that we all find ourselves grappling with. I want to provide you with an update on where Hillsborough Community College is in terms of getting back to some sense of normalcy in providing you with a superior learning experience.
All Courses Moving Online Effective March 30
Let me first thank you for your patience and understanding as we are having to make enormous shifts in how we deliver courses to you and your fellow classmates. It remains our intention to resume classes on Monday, March 30. These classes will be taught in an online format, and you can expect your faculty to be reaching out to you in the next few days with information and instructions on how they will be transitioning their respective courses. As a reminder, our campuses will remain closed during this time, and all support services, including advising, financial aid and counseling, will also transition to a virtual environment. We know that for some of you, this change might be met with some fear and trepidation. Please let me assure you that we are all committed to ensuring that you have a successful experience and that we will work closely with you during the coming weeks to make that happen.
Tips for Success
I also want to provide you with a few helpful tips that will position you for success as we get closer to resuming class. It is very important that you are checking your HawkMail account on a very regular basis. Remember that this is the official form of communication between you and the College, and now, more than ever, you should be paying close attention to the emails that are being sent to you. We also ask that you communicate with faculty and staff through HawkMail only and not your personal email account. This will help ensure that you receive the most expeditious response to any question or concern that you may have. Finally, I want to encourage you to download the Canvas app onto your mobile device. Most of you are already familiar with Canvas, the College’s Learning Management System, and the app will ensure that you have what you need for your class right at your fingertips.
I would also encourage you to visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our Coronavirus webpage. We are updating this page regularly, and it should serve as a helpful resource during this time. Again, you will be receiving direct communication from your faculty in the coming days. They have been working incredibly hard in the face of unprecedented and very challenging conditions to bring you the best possible learning experience that they can in these very difficult times. Remember that we will do everything we can to assist you during this period, and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we show you what makes HCC such a special place.
Ken Atwater, Ph.D.